I have a bath fan on ceiling and a light on wall above mirror that work off the same switch. I would like to put in a fan/light combo(fan has two lights that will work off separate switches), but also would like to keep existing light on wall. I would like to control them by using the leviton three rocker switch. Is this possible? Can anyone explain how to wire this.
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You have 3 options. You can connect the fan blue and the fan black to the red ceiling wire. Then you will need to control the fan and light with the strings. The wall switch will turn off everything. Option 2 is make sure that there is a switch wired to the black ceiling wire. If there is a switch I would check to make sure the switch is working. Option 3 is to purchase a remote control unit for both and leave the wall switch to shutoff the whole unit. Hope this helps.
For starters, look at the wall switch. Are there two switches? If so, connect the black wire from the ceiling box to the black wire from the fan. Connect the red wire from the ceiling box to the blue wire from the fan. Connect white to white. At the fan, usually the black wire goes to the fan and the blue wire goes the the light.
If there is only one wall switch, you may or may not want to install a double switch so the fan and light can be controlled separately. If there is only one wall switch, most people just connect the wire connected to that switch (usually the black) to both the black and blue from the fan, not using the red at all. In that scenario both the light and the fan are switch at the fan as needed after the wall switch is operated.
Installing the extra red wire is not usual practice, someone actually was planning for future use and convenience.
1) You have 2 cables to to the Heat-Vent-Light One cable is 12-3 and 1 cable is 12-3
2) That's where it's gets fuzzy. What color wires are on HentVentLight? Is power at the ceiling box or at the wall box? What other wires are inside the wall box? What kind of switch are you installing?
3) With that number of wires, it sounds like power is at ceiling box. Power would arrive at ceiling box on one cable that has a Hot-black and Neutral-white wire.
4) Start at wall box: Let's suppose you are installing a wall device that has 3 individual switches, with one switch for each HentVentLight. The Hot wire from ceiling box would drop down into wall box on a black wire, and this wire connects to brass screw on switch. Wire going to heater connects to one of the silver screws. Wire to fan to another silver screw Wire to light to another silver screw.
5) Work at ceiling box: Let's suppose your HentVentLight has 4 wires: Black for light, Red for fan, Blue for heater, and White Neutral. The white neutral connects to Neutral wire as described in #3. Black, Red and Blue connect to each of the wires that come up from switch.
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If by a 3-way switch, you mean a switch with 4 steps of brilliance: off, low, medium, and high when used with a 3-way bulb. The black wire of the switch is connected to incoming power wiring hot wire. Most often also black. The red switch wire connects to the center contact of the lamp socket. The blue wire connects to the small pin connection that is physically between the center connection and the screw shell of the lamp socket. The screw shell is connected to the incoming white wire of the house wiring.
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1) You have a triple switch with dark screw(s) on one side of device. You know that Hot attaches to dark screw. On opposite side of switch are 3 screws. 1 screw is for wire going to bath fan. 1 screw is for wire going to bath light. 1 screw is for wire going to separate light above mirror. If you do not have a separate wire running to each Load, then you need to add a wire.
2) If I understand correctly, your wall box contains several cables Each cable has a black and white wire. Ground wires are twisted together and connected to green screw, and are not discussed.
3) Cable1 black and white are Hot and Neutral from breaker box. Are you sure? Test each wire in box to bare ground to find hot wire. Test hot wire to each wire to find neutral wire. If power comes from junction box on ceiling, wall box might not have neutral wire. If neutral wire was used to complete circuits for previous switch, then it is used the same for new switch. That's where the information is sketchy.
You have 4 white wires 1 white goes to each load 1 white is neutral Where are the black wires associated with these white wires? Add a comment and say how many cables and where each wire was connected before.
Here's how to start. Connect Hot to dark screw. One at a time, connect each white to screw on other side of switch. Turn on power and flip the switch. If load turns ON, then that wire is correct. If load does not turn ON, then leave switch ON. Test each of the other white wires to bare ground to see if this wire should connect to neutral. Then connect that wire to neutral and test switch again.
Right now a single switch turns on both light and fan. You want to put in a double switch to control light and fan separately.
But the problem is there is not a separate wire to each the light and fan. You need a separate wire to each, but the circuit wasn't wired that way. Usually when the circuit is wired for separate control, there is a red wire that also goes to ceiling box.
Unless you run another wire to the ceiling box, it won't be possible to control light and fan separately.
Electrician can do this pretty easily if there is attic space above bathroom.
Very interesting problem! But easy to fix. It's not a defective switch, just a minor wiring error, which would be very hard to solve via back and forth text. So, instead of trying to figure out exactly which wires and terminals to swap at the new switch, it would be much easier to simply swap the light and fan wires at the ceiling fixture,
I hope this is helpful.
remove white switch one and connect to incoming white ground--all whites should be connected [hooked] together these are grounds-- switch 1 black from fan ,leave switch 2 red from fan ,switch 3 vanity black